CREATE Cultivate Relationships by Engaging with Arts at Tufts Experiences

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The CREATE (Cultivate Relationships by Engaging with Arts at Tufts Experiences) Orientation is an opportunity for you to get to know your fellow first year peers while experiencing a broad range of creative disciplines at Tufts. During this four-day program, you will explore visual art, theater, and music across the Fenway and Medford campuses as well as in the Boston area. Participants will build community while creating art objects at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, visiting local museums, galleries and/or performance halls. If you have any interest in the arts, this Pre-O is for you! We encourage incoming students of all art levels and experience to join us.

2022 Student Coordinator

Elena Campos

Elena Campos, 2024

Elena is a 2nd year combined degree student from Memphis, TN, who currently lives in Abu Dhabi, UAE. She studies studio art at the SMFA and philosophy at Tufts. At the SMFA, she works for Student Affairs as an assistant and on the SMFA Student Government Association executive board as Secretary. She also works as a resident assistant in Carmichael hall. She loves to bike, cook, and throw pottery. She is super excited for pre-o this year!!


Laura DaRos

Laura DaRos

Program Advisor, Associate Dean of Student Affairs- SMFA
Laura DaRos has been a member of the Tufts community since 2007. Before joining the Dean of Student Affairs Office in 2016, she served as Associate Director for Campus Life. Her background in facilities and operations gets her excited about creating community through space and furniture design. In her role at the SMFA, Dean DaRos coordinates resources, support, and programming for BFA, combined degree, and MFA students.  She helps sustain the connection between the Fenway and Medford campuses and is dedicated to bringing the uniqueness of the SMFA to the entire Tufts community.


Program Dates: August 27 - August 30

A Typical Day of CREATE

What we might do on any given day based on past years’ programs.

Time Activity
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Breakfast in Medford, Boston, or Brookline
9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Off-Campus Experience – museums, galleries, open markets, and more
12 - 1 p.m. Lunch with leaders
1 - 5 p.m. Art making – a different process every day
5 - 6 p.m. Dinner in the dining hall with leaders
7 – 9:30 p.m. Evening activities – everything ranging from Laser Tag to a gallery opening

Contact Us

CREATE | 617-627-2746